Does the thought of visiting the dentist put you on edge? Do you feel uncomfortable even sitting in the dental chair? At Chambers Family Dentistry, we know that millions are affected by some level of dental anxiety. In addition to other sedation options, we offer oral conscious sedation – an easy way to make dentistry comfortable and relaxing. This simple and predictable form of sedation allows patients to get the dental care they deserve without any of the fear. Read on to learn more!
Oral conscious sedation is a great solution for patients who want something more effective than nitrous oxide but less than IV sedation. Instead of making you feel light and tingly, or putting you completely to sleep, oral conscious sedation provides the perfect sweet spot for those with moderate dental anxiety. Oral conscious sedation is a small pill that is taken before your appointment. As soon as you get into our office, you will begin to feel its effects.
Just to give you peace of mind, we will go through the step-by-step process of oral conscious sedation. Once your appointment is scheduled, we will provide you with a prescription. This is a small pill that is taken about one hour before your appointment (unless we tell you otherwise). From there, your sedation dentist will ensure that you’re comfortable in the dental chair, and they will monitor your vitals during your entire visit.
Before one of our dentists begins your actual treatment, they will always see that you’re completely relaxed and comfortable. While this type of sedation doesn’t put you to sleep, it is very normal to dose off. However, we can wake you with a gentle tap on the shoulder. Many patients don’t remember exactly what occurred during their appointments, which is preferred for those with fear. Plus, patients report that time seems to go by quickly as a bonus benefit. Because of the effects, we recommend that you have someone who can drive you to and from your appointment.
Oral conscious sedation is perfect for patients who are anxious or fearful when it comes to dental visits, however it can also help with other needs. Whether you’re in pain, or you have an overactive gag reflex, oral conscious sedation will keep you relaxed and comfortable during your visit. Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself afraid of the dentist, this option is also great if you’ve had a recent traumatic experience and just want to mentally check-out during your appointment.